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Derby approves tax hike; Colwich rejects pool

Published on -10/9/2013, 10:34 AM

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DERBY, Kan. (AP) -- Voters in the Wichita suburb of Derby approved half-cent sales tax that will fund parks, the library and some costs for the city's fire department.

The Sedgwick County Election Office says 67 percent of voters supported the measure in a special election on Tuesday.

The tax will take effect Jan. 1, 2015. About half of the revenue will be used to fund a new park, with baseball and softball fields and a dog park. Thirty percent will go toward fire and rescue services, with 20 percent for the library. The tax is expected to raise about $2 million a year.

Also on Tuesday, Colwich voters overwhelmingly defeated a proposal to issue a bond to fund a $1.65 million swimming pool complex. The vote was 76 percent against to 23 percent.

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